You may have been approached, or you may be approached in the near future from someone with your best intentions in their mind. It may be by mail, phone e-mail, or maybe even at your door as aspiring politicians drop by neighborhoods this fall. They might well encourage you to cancel or drop your union membership so that you can put that money in your pocket. It is surely nice that they are looking out for you- and without you even asking them. It is difficult to find that sort of altruism today. As with all things however, we would advise- caveat emptor- “buyer beware.” What your union membership investment is “buying” you is likely more than you think- thanks to the power of collective bargaining.
MGEC wants you to make the right choice for you- and we will be striving to make the case that your best investment is in support of your collective bargaining representatives at MGEC.
States where union membership is not required for some labor jobs are generally termed “Right to Work” states. The thought is that worker earnings are directed to unions in unionized states without worker choice- these workers are therefore denied the “right to work” without paying union dues. The thinking continues that while those unions may provide benefits, they may also provide unwanted benefits, services, or actions. In the recent Janus v. AFSCME decision, the plaintiff specifically argued he wanted to separate from the union as he felt that high wages and costly benefits were causing undue stress on government. The case specifically embodied the “Right to Work For Less.” We have numerous links on our site to independent studies that show the positive impact of labor unions with respect to salaries, working conditions, safety, health care, and retirement benefits. These benefits even trickle down or across to non0unionized workforces in the states where there is a union presence. We urge you to compare your benefits to those of non-unionized government workers.
MGEC interacts with members of both the executive and legislative branches irrespective of party affiliation and we make no endorsement of candidates. We do not make political recommendations or contributions. What we do is act on behalf of our members, supporting the hard working engineering and land surveying employees of the state of Minnesota.